I often find myself speaking to brides that want to have a wedding that's different, and fitted to their personalities. These brides, and many others, have given a rise to a whole genre of DIY (Do It Yourself) blogs and websites. Daily, you can find more and more fun and quirky projects to make your wedding uniquely your own. But here is the million dollar question - are you crafty enough to actually make any of these projects come to life?
This is a question that I found my bridesmaids asking me when I was planning my own wedding. As a bride on a pretty tight budget, I knew I had to find ways to make my wedding uniquely my own without breaking the bank. I had tons of ideas of things that I liked, but no idea of how to make them a reality. The more I looked on sites like DiyBride.com and www.diywedding.org, the more anxiety I felt. I barely passed art class in high school, how was I going to incorporate craft projects successfully into the most important day of my life?
Doing your first DIY wedding project is like trying to get in a cold pool - you just have to jump right in! I finally decided that it could be put off no longer and embarked on my first DIY project about 3 months before my wedding. I really disliked pew bows, so I decided to create flower pew wreaths made of tissue paper (a great idea I found on www.marthastewartweddings.com). And while using a glue gun was definitely intimidating at first, the wreaths came out exactly how I envisioned them, and I saved a ton of money!
So there are a couple of things I can share with you to help you on your own crafting adventure:
Try to find as many variations of the same DIY project before you choose the one you will use. Trust me, if you go with the first idea you find, you will find yourself second guessing that decision sooner rather than later. And while many projects may look the same, the supplies necessary may be very different. You want to spend your time actually working on the project and not running back and forth to the craft store to exchange things because you've swapped ideas.
Complete one full version of the craft before buying supplies to make the full quantity needed. For example, if you are making centerpieces you want to initially purchase enough supplies to create one centerpiece. Once you've created the first one, you can show it to friends and family whose opinions matter to you. And once you've gotten all the feedback you need, then you can purchase the supplies necessary to complete all of them. Why do this, you ask? Because nothing will raise your stress and anxiety level like completing a project to the quantity you need, only to realize that you or those who matter in the decision making process hate it. This little tip avoids time, energy, and money wasted.
Always print off the pictures and instructions for your DIY project. While this tip may seem trivial and not very green, remember that electronics can power down at the most inopportune moments! Also printed instructions lend themselves to being easily shared (in the event that you are working with a group of friends).
Use the DIY project as a way to get your groom involved. Many grooms are relatively out of the loop on the "smaller" details of your big day. However, you'll be surprised at how much he may enjoy actually making something with you. Use the project as an opportunity to let him get a little more involved in the details. Besides, you may find out he's got a couple of great ideas of his own.
Lastly, I think that if you are just embarking on the DIY journey, you may find the sites below (as well as the one cited in the article) very useful:
As always ladies, HAPPY PLANNING!